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evety event with an added dimension. He will have
used historical science in order to become a closer and
better student of the ways of Providence, He will SQC
the vividness and appropriateness of the Biblical inter-
pretation of history for the study of any country in any
age of its history. He will not claim that historical
science has demonstrated the truth of the interpretation
which as a Christian he puts upon human events. His
over-all view of things is partly dependent on the attitude
that he brings to history in the first place; and partly
it is dependent on the most intimate judgments that he
makes about himself, about life as he has experienced
it, and about the course of centuries as he has gathered
it from historical scholarship. In this sense there is a
Christian interpretation of the whole human drama,
which is simply an interpretation of life—indeed, an
aspect of the religion itself.

It is often assumed, however, that within the field of
historical scholarship as we have described it, -there is a
Christian organisation which can,be given to the narra-
tive ; in other words, that the European history which
appears in our educational curriculum can be given
such a form that it bears a Christian interpretation and
vindicates the Church not merely in its spiritual functions
but in its mundane policies. It soon becomes apparent
that there has to be a Protestant history which is not
.only different from the Catholic version, but violently
contradictory to it at times. Indeed, the attempt to
vindicate Christianity in history easily turns into an
attempt to justify Christians instead.

In the particular realm with which we are concerned